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Marcel C. de Jong

Perth Skyline 2

Western Australia

Australian Aborigines have inhabited the Swan River region for thousands of years. In 1697 the Dutch navigator, Willem de Vlamingh, named the Swan River after the unique black swans he saw on its banks.

It was not until 1829 that Captain Charles Howe Fremantle took possession of the area on behalf of the British Crown, when he landed at the mouth of the Swan River. Later that year, Captain James Stirling, a sea-captain officially founded Perth and established the Swan River Colony.

This Colony, unlike the Eastern States, was populated by free settlers. The hardships and labour shortages they experienced led to the arrival of convicts in 1850. As a result, Perth's industry, transportation and communication networks grew rapidly. Prominent city landmarks built with convict labour include Government House, Perth Town Hall, Trinity Church and the Old Courthouse.

Perth, named after the Scottish city of the same name, was proclaimed a City by Queen Victoria in 1856. The first Perth City Council met in 1858, and by January 1871 the City of Perth was incorporated and several other municipal councils and road boards were established.

In the mid 1890's the discovery of gold in Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie to the east transformed the City as it's population soared. Many of the buildings constructed during this economic boom portray the wealth and opulence of the period. The valuable commodities of iron ore and nickel created another boom for Perth in the 1960's. It was at this time that the city's skyline began to change, with office towers being constructed.

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Guest 05-Nov-2010 14:32
Yves Rubin17-Mar-2009 05:32
Gorgeous view of the city, both here and in this series. BV!
Rene Hales07-Jul-2007 21:00
Very nice. I like the rather subdued quality to the reflection images you posted in the current contest.--Rene
Guest 10-Dec-2006 22:21
Great pictures, amazing galleries, good exposure, Great composition! Simple and Great!!! Stunning shot!!!
Thank you!

Andre (
Karen Moen09-May-2006 04:55
Beautiful color and lighting. Perfect timing. Voted.
Guest 02-Apr-2006 17:56
Great Shot!
dawn16-Sep-2005 19:22
beautiful catch!
Guest 03-May-2005 11:00
very beautiful
Guest 22-Apr-2005 19:46
excllent photo with nice reflections on the water
Guest 04-Feb-2005 03:50
A stunning shot. Excellent clarity and composition.
Mike23-Sep-2004 16:13
I wandered over here to see your monochrome gallery, but this one caught my eye. Top marks, what a stunning shot. Gets my vote.
reptilia 27-Apr-2004 15:55
nice shot!
Love the colours and shadows
Zane Paxton15-Apr-2004 06:29
Quite a beautiful image!